Mentor Resources & Frequently Asked Questions:
How long is my commitment? We ask all mentors when considering the program to agree to participate for at least one full academic year (Fall-Spring). This allows for consistency with regard to the support we provide first year students. However, we understand you are a student too, if you ever need to resign from your role please reach out to Shawnte Wilson as soon as possible.
When will I be assigned my mentees? Mentee assignments will be shared in July.
When will I begin working with my mentees? Once incoming first year students are assigned to Completion Coaches and mentoring groups. These support professionals will be connected with the students during the “Countdown to College” program. There the engagement begins. Mentors will continue to support students throughout the semester from that point.
How often do I meet with my mentees? Mentors are asked to host virtual group meetings for their assigned mentees 1x/week. It’s ok if every mentee doesn’t show every time. We suggest you schedule a standing day and time each week so students come to expect when meetings will occur. Additionally, we ask mentors to make themselves available one additional hour per week and host an open office hour where students can meet with you 1:1 or chat with you through the lib chat.
What will I discuss with my mentees during our meetings? It’s always best to start with checking in with students to see how their week went. From there, please follow the topics listed on the First Year Engagement Plan. Review topics listed under the mentor section. If students need to discuss more pressing matters that is ok too, just be sure to make a note of this in your weekly documentation. Meetings don’t have to always be serious; you can also engage students in icebreakers or other virtual activities to engage them.
Where do I document my updates and when is it due? Currently mentors are asked to complete the weekly documentation form, which is due Sundays by 12pm. This form should report out on what happened the previous week. Eventually mentors will be granted access to the Bengal Success Portal, once this occurs, we ask that mentors continue to use the weekly documentation form, but also enter a short case note in the Bengal Success Portal. If you meet with students in a group, you can enter one note for multiple students. If you meet with or chat with a student 1:1 your note should only refer to what happened with that student and be entered under their name in the Bengal Success Portal.
Do I have other responsibilities besides meeting with students? We recognize that not all first-year students will choose to attend weekly meetings, however we still want to attempt to engage with these students. All mentors will be asked to sign up for one passive engagement projects. Typically, the choices are the IG Motivational Minute, the Humpday Highlight, the Bi-Weekly Walkup, or Spin to Win. Once you have signed up for a passive engagement project you will be connected with the Completion Coach leading this project and the other mentors you will work with to execute this task. Please pay close attention to the information you receive as some of these projects are weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
I know someone who is a mentor/ I heard about the program; how do I sign up? First year students are ineligible to be mentors but, we are always recruiting for the next generation of Peer Mentor Leaders, if you have leadership ability and are at least a 2nd year student at Buffalo State College and would like to impact the next first year class in a positive way, we would love to have you. Let us know you're interested!
I never mentored anyone before, will I be trained? In short, ABSOLUTELY! We want to ensure mentors feel comfortable with mentoring because this will help the program be more effective. Mentors will be trained prior to the start of the fall semester. We also suggest that mentors take the time to plan their group meetings before hosting them. Coaches will also periodically observe group meeting throughout the semester and share feedback with the mentors. If you ever need help with preparing for a meeting feel free to reach out to the Coach your team is assigned to.
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